Twitter Fun with the Phillies
By Pete Dymeck
Apr 9, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) reacts to striking out to end the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. The Brewers defeated the Phillies 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Former Major League Baseball player and current Philadelphia Phillies radio color analyst Larry Andersen once said “The plural of tooth is teeth, and the plural of booth should be beeth. It only makes sense.”
No, it doesn’t make sense. Ironically enough, someone could make more sense of Andersen’s quote than they could of the Phillies current trajectory.
Folks find it illogical to make too much of the first week or so of the MLB season. This in itself is true. On the other hand, the Phillies are already providing us with enough ammunition to push the hapless homers blinded by their Ruben Amaro Jr. shades back into the bushes. If anything, the Phillies are already proving they are what we thought they were: awful.
Just think for a second. Did anyone, with a straight face, expect the Phillies to actually compete in the National League East? Every pundit from ESPN to Baseball America wrote the Phillies off. If they weren’t picked to be one of the five worst clubs in 2014, they damn sure were close. Nobody thought they could compete with the Washington Nationals or Atlanta Braves. As for the New York Mets and Miami Marlins, yeah, the Phillies are somewhere around there. Maybe a little better, maybe a little worse.
The joke is now on the Phillies front office.
Similar sentiment can be felt elsewhere across the internet. If anything, Twitter is now the rehabilitation center for recovering Phillies fans now realizing 2008 mind as well be centuries ago. The future is about as bright as general manager Amaro Jr. snuffing us out with a pillow. And that is exactly what has been happened.
Phillies fans have been snuffed out. Bamboozled. Hornswoggled. Swindled.
They are now the fan base for the laughingstock of baseball. With a payroll greater than nearly every other club in the sport, the Phillies can’t field a team, rotation or bullpen worth the paper money is printed on. The Phillies, as they are currently built, are no good. Amaro Jr.’s fingerprints are all over a club as entertaining to watch as WNBA basketball.
Ranting aside, here are some funny moments from the Twitter-verse during and after the Phillies game Thursday night. They should sum up how the fan base really feels about this current Phillies configuration.